Tuesday

Site Introduction

Welcome to my Photo Gallery. As of June 2019 there are more than 1,637 posts and counting, most containing multiple pictures. I estimate that there are now more than 7,000 pictures on a wide variety of subjects scattered throughout the site that have received more than 427,423 page views. Because most of the pictures shown here have been captured while hiking areas in and around Las Vegas and the surrounding areas, the site has somewhat evolved into more of a hiking journal; listing and describing the places I have visited. There are eight ways to find information on the site. [1] To locate a page on a specific place or subject by using the SEARCH THIS BLOG box located in the upper left side of the home page. One of the easiest ways to find a particular hiking location is to use one of the "TABS" located at the top of each page. For additional ways to locate specific pages ... {click "Read more >>" below}

Sunday

Recently Added Pages

June 2019 Posts (by Category & Title)
NEW - Pahranagar NWR - Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge - 06/27/2019 Trip Notes
UPDATED - Beatty - Fluorspar Canyon - Summary Page
NEW - Beatty - Flurospar Canyon - 06/19/2019 Trip Notes
NEW - Beatty - Ghost Town of Carrara - Summary Page
UPDATED - Las Vegas Places of Interest - The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Summary Page
NEW - ReadMore - ReadMore - Smith Center - Facts & Figures
NEW - Kyle Canyon Slots - Kyle Canyon Slots - Summary Page

May 2019 Posts (by Category & Title)
NEW - Mineral Park - Mineral Park Ghost Town and Mines
UPDATED - Snakes - Sidewinder Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes)
NEW - LMNRA - Bittersprings Road - LMNRA
    
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Tuesday

Daytrip - Shooting Gallery Game Drive District

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This petroglyph site is situated on the east flank of Badger Mountain, west of Alamo Nevada and is an archaeological district rich in prehistoric rock art, hunting sites, and campsites. Studies of the area have shown that it was used as far back as 6,000 years ago, but, most intensively visited during the past 3,000 years, the site provides evidence that small groups of related households visited the area to hunt, gather wild plants, and to create rock art. The diversity of the rock art found in this area is amazing. As a matter of fact, the Shooting Gallery contains one of the largest concentrations of bighorn sheep figures in southeastern Nevada. Click here for pictures and a description of the site ... Shooting Gallery Game Drive District.

Sunday

Shooting Gallery Game Drive District - 07/12/2019 Trip Notes

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(Fig. 01) Parking Lot and general areas with petroglyphs
Description of the Area: The Shooting Gallery Game Drive District is situated on the east flank of Badger Mountain and is an archaeological district rich in prehistoric rock art, hunting sites, and campsites. Studies of the area have shown that it was used as far back as 6,000 years ago, but, most intensively visited during the past 3,000 years, the site provides evidence that small groups of related households visited the area to hunt, gather wild plants, and to create rock art. Dart and arrow points, tool fragments, pottery sherds, and ground stone tools attest to Shooting Gallery's long use by family groups for hunting and harvesting plants. Two styles of rock art can be found at Shooting Gallery. The most common is Basin and Range tradition abstract and representational designs. The most commonly portrayed animal is bighorn sheep and Shooting Gallery contains one of the largest concentrations of bighorn sheep in Nevada. Hundreds of portrayals of this animal can be seen singly or in groups on Shooting Gallery's tuff outcrops (see side note). The second rock art style, the Pahranagat Anthropomorph, is found in small numbers at Shooting Gallery and is only found in Lincoln County. The Pahranagat Style is a schematic way of depicting people as either decorated rectangles (usually without heads) or as solid-pecked oval or rectangular forms that have hands with long fingers, a short line protruding from the top of the head and eyes indicated by negative space. Only the decorated rectangular type (or pattern-body anthropomorph [PBA] is found in the Shooting Gallery area. This style appears to have been made from around 3,000-800 years ago. Major concentrations of this style are found in Pahranagat Valley and the Mount Irish Archaeological District. For more detailed information on this area, refer to the previous page, Shooting Gallery Game Drive District (Summary Page).

Side Note - What is Tuff?: Tuff is an igneous rock that forms from the products of an explosive volcanic eruption. In these eruptions, the volcano blasts rock, ash, magma and other materials from its vent. This ejecta travels through the air and falls back to Earth in the area surrounding the volcano. If the ejected material is compacted and cemented into a rock, that rock will be called "tuff."
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Getting There: The map in (Fig. 02) shows the route we took to get to the site. We followed South Richardville Road for 1.3 miles to Curtis Canyon Road, and turned left (heading west). This now becomes Repeater Road. At 5.7 miles, turn left and ascend a very steep, winding road (note: Though this gravel road is well graded, lowest gear, 4x4 is advised from this point to the summit). Staying to the right, follow Repeater Road. At roughly 7 to 7.5 miles, stay to the right as you through pass through a beautiful, quite green valley. This stretch offers some nice views east towards the pahranagat valley (Figs 03 thru 05). At 8.7 miles, there is an extreme reverse hair-pin (right-hand) turn onto Hilltop Road, a rough narrower road. This road will end in a fenced parking lot after another 0.3 miles (about a total of 9.0 miles from South Richardville Road.
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07/12/2019 Trip Notes: The diversity of the rock art found in this area is amazing. The 200 acres of of the tuff hillsides is a landscape covered with hundreds of rock art panels and elements. It records the mundane and ceremonial lives of ancient hunter-gatherers. Because there are no developed trails at the site, visitors are left to trudge through the hillsides in search of rock art, making it very difficult. However, a careful and thorough investigation of the area can reveal some unique petroglyphs. As a matter of fact, the Shooting Gallery contains one of the largest concentrations of bighorn sheep figures in southeastern Nevada. Because there were three of us on this visit, we tried to spread out in an effort to help insure that we didn't miss any sightings. As you can see from (Fig. 01) there are four identified areas with groupings of rock art. As a result we attempted to make a systematic approach of areas I & II. Leaving the parking area we hiked down to the wash below (Fig. 07) and headed to the spot designated as "Site I". For the purpose of creating this page, I have tried to group pictures of our findings by area. Because there were so many panels I have only included a selection of the better examples onto this page. The slideshow at the end of the page is inclusive of all the pictures I captured. Here are our findings.

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Shooting Gallery Site I: Climbing down from the parking area, we crossed the sagebrush flats in the wash (Fig. 07), and climbed up the west facing hillside to area 1. After maneuvering the tuff boulders for considerable time we eventually came to the area considered to be the village site, area I. Once we located this area we found several possible places amongst the boulders that could have been used as places where several people could have inhabited them for short periods during their visits to the area (Figs. 08-10). Between here and in the wash I found several lithic scatters (Fig. B). Refer to side note on Lithic Scatter.

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Side Note - Lithic Scatter: Lithic scatter are chips of stone left over while making arrowheads, scrapers, and other tools (Fig. A). These pieces consist entirely of lithic (i.e., stone) chipped stone debris. This is a common prehistoric site type that is contrasted to a cultural material scatter, which contains other or additional artifact types such as pottery or bone artifacts. It is usually flint because it is a hard, sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz, categorized as the variety of chert that occurs in chalk or marly limestone. Flint was widely used historically to make stone tools. Being durable, flint (or other worked stone), usually survives. Despite their potential importance, scatter sites are generally neglected as an archaeological resource.
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In archaeology, a lithic flake is a "portion of rock removed from an objective piece by percussion or pressure," and may also be referred to as a chip or spall, or collectively as debitage. The objective piece, or the rock being reduced by the removal of flakes, is known as a core. Once the proper tool stone has been selected, a percussor or pressure flaker (e.g., an antler tine) is used to direct a sharp blow, or apply sufficient force, respectively, to the surface of the stone, often on the edge of the piece. 
To date, many archaeologists regard the lithic reduction is the process of fashioning stones or rocks from their natural state into tools or weapons by removing some parts. Normally the starting point is the selection of a piece of tool stone that has been detached by natural geological processes, and is an appropriate size and shape. Flakes are often quite sharp, with distal edges only a few molecules thick when they have a feather termination. These flakes can be used directly as tools or modified into other utilitarian implements, such as spokeshaves and scrapers Many archaeological industries are identified almost entirely by the lithic analysis of the precise style of their tools and the chaîne opératoire of the reduction techniques they used.em as so disturbed and damaged that they are rarely worthy of detailed attention. 
The tuff boulders on the rock walls surrounding the open camp area were covered with a variety of pertroglyphs. We were unable to locate the tinaja that was reported to hold water long into the summer. After taking dozens of pictures of petroglyphs, we decided to move on to the next area (Site II), WPs 4 & 5 on (Fig. 06). It appeared that this area was located roughly 400-500 feet to the west and required climbing up an additional several hundred feet to reach. Due to my physical condition I found climbing the rough and slippery tuff boulders too difficult for my current limitations and decided to turn back, letting Bob and Ron to continue on. I hiked back down to WP 2 in the wash and waited for their return. Even though they did reach the site II area, they admitted that it was rather strenuous and took a lot out of them.

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Side Note on Petroglyphs in Figures 08 thru 17: (Figs. 08-10), pictures in the "village area"are examples three places where people could have spent night during their visits to the area. Obviously (Figs. 11 & 14), many panels contain jumbled mixtures of elements that defy explanation, while others (Fig. 12) clearly show elements of bighorn sheep, while others (Fig. 13, 15, 16) just make you wonder?  From pictures I've seen before, the element in (Fig. 17) may be indicative of a lizard. The other problem is that many panels have natural damage due to weather and other elements that make it impossible to see what the original element may have been intended. (Fig. 15) may have been trying to portray rain or a "flow" of water. The case is that without the ability to talk with the author, no one will ever really know the intended message.

Shooting Gallery Site II: Continuing to climb outward and upward, Bob and Ron eventually came to the are designated as Site II. This area is recognized as two of Shooting Gallery's better known petroglyphs, the Seven Sheep and the Starburst Deer. Because I did not hike to this area, Bob Croke and Ron Ziance took these pictures.

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Side Note on Petroglyphs in Area II: The pictures in figures 18 through 27 are from Area II that were taken by Bob Croke. Though there are several petroglyphs containing bighorn sheep, the picture in (Fig. 18) is the best one in the area that is referred to as the "Seven Sheep", though I count more. The petroglyph in (Fig. 24) showing what appears to be three people holding hands is a very interesting element and one that is not very often portrayed. The last three pictures in (Figs. 25 thru 27) are of the "Starburst Deer". 
This unusual deer-like figure has several long lines radiating from its head and is perhaps the best known motif at the site. A small number of depictions of birds, which are very rare in Great Basin rock art, can also be found at the site. 
Throughout our day of hiking we had more than one opportunity to observe a variety of lizards. Today we captured pictures of a Collared Lizard (Great Basin Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores) (Figs. 28 & 30) and another of a Zebra Tailed Lizard (Western Zebra Tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus) (Fig. 29). Zebra-tailed lizards are very tolerant of extreme heat. Both times they exhibited the flight behavior typical of this species - wagging her striped tail as a distraction from her body, and even doing a push-up display in a warning not to come any closer. Don't know why the tongue of the Great Collared Zebra Lizard is sticking out in (Fig. 30). There didn't seem to be anything on the rock that he was interested in. Could it have been that he was just doing it to cool himself in the scorching heat.
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(Fig. 29) Great closeup taken by Robert Croke
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Hot and quite exhausted from our hiking of the hillsides, we drove to the one of the picnic areas located along the Upper Lake of the Pahranagat National Wildlife Range. After a relaxing picnic lunch we decided to take one more short trip before heading home. We drove out onto the Old Buckhorne Road and Alamo Canyon Road to the large Delmar Dry Lake bed in search of some petroglyphs (Fig. 31). Although surrounded by rocky terrain with boulders and large outcroppings, these roads are not very rocky. Aside from a few washboard sections, it was very smooth for the entire drive. After about 12 miles of riding we came to the dry lake bed but only found one rock with some petroglyphs on it (Fig. 32).

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Side Note - Delmar Dry LakeDelamar Dry Lake is a dry lake bed located in the Dry Lake Watershed near Alamo in Lincoln County, Nevada. It is located on federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Delamar Lake Landing Strip, established in 1943, was designated as an emergency landing site for the X-15. No structures were built there. The lake bed remains, but it is no longer maintained as an airport. During Flight 1-63-104 on May 6, 1966, an X-15 experienced an engine failure and landed at Delamar Dry Lake. The U.S. Air Force now refers to Delamar Dry Lake Bed as "Texas Lake" because of its resemblance to the state of Texas from the air.




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Wednesday

Daytrip - Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge


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On 06/27/2019 Jim Herring and I visited the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge and its Black Canyon Petroglyph Area. In addition, we drove the Old Buckhorne Road, sometimes labeled the Black Canyon Road, to the intersection of Alamo Canyon Road, in search of some petroglyphs. We stopped at the visitor center to gather some info, but it was closed. Click here for pictures and description of this trip ... Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge - 06/27/2019 Trip Notes.

Sunday

Daytrip - Carrara Quarry & Fluorspar Canyon

On 06/19/2019 Jim Herring. Bob Croke, Ron Ziance and I drove to Beatty Nevada to visit the Ghost town of Carrara and Fluorspar Canyon. At the Carrara site we drove up to the old marble quarry. It was a very rough road, but we eventually reached the quarry site. We then drove to Fluorspar Canyon, an area that is dotted with dozens of old mines, adits, and open pit mines. We also saw nearly a dozen wild burros while hiking around. Click here for pictures and a description of these sites ... Ghost Town of Carrara - Summary Page and Flurospar Canyon - 06/19/2019 - Trip Notes.

Monday

Daytrip - Kyle Canyon Slots

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On 06/03/2019 Jim Herring and I drove to Mt Charleston visiting some of the spots along Kyle Canyon Road. Though we explored several dirt road that branched off Kyle Canyon Road, the main objective of this trip was to visit the Kyle Canyon Slots. Though this was my third visit here, it was Jim's first visit and he enjoyed it. Click here fir pictures and a description of this hike ... Kyle Canyon Slots - Summary Page.

Friday

Daytrip - Mineral Park Ghost Town

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On 05/30/2019, Jim Herring and I visited here and hiked the area looking for old mines and ruins. Mineral Park is now a ghost town that was once a mining town in the Mineral Park valley of the Cerbat Mountains in Mohave County, Arizona. The Mineral Park mine is a large open pit copper mine located near the base of the Cerbat Mountains 14 miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona. Mining in the area began in 1871 and a camp was established soon after. It closed for the last time in 1912. As of today, much of the remaining few ruins and foundations, including the town's cemetery, remain within the property of the new (open pit) mine that was started in 1963.  In December 2014 the mine closed as the company filed for bankruptcy. Click here to see pictures and learn about this trip ... Mineral Park Ghost Town & Mines.

Saturday

Daytrip - Bitterspring Road and Spring

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On 05/23/2019, joined by another jeep, 6 of us drove up Bittersprings Road to the Bitter Spring. Bittersprings Road is a 6.4-mile backcountry road that runs north from Northshore Road to Bitter Spring, then continues northeast following Echo Wash back to Northshore Road. Bittersprings Road provides access to Bitter Spring Backcountry Byway that travels west to Buffington Pockets. From the pavement, the graded road runs northeast and then north as it descends gently through rolling hills. Though our goal was to drive Bitter Spring Backcountry Byway, we never made it. For pictures and a description of this trip, click here ... Bittersprings Road

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge - 06/27/2019 Trip Notes

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06/27/2019 Trip Notes: Today, Jim Herring and I visited the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge and its Black Canyon Petroglyph Area. In addition, we drove the Old Buckhorne Road, sometimes labeled the Black Canyon Road, to the intersection of Alamo Canyon Road, in search of some petroglyphs. We stopped at the visitor center to gather some info, but it was closed. Before attempting Old Buckhorne road (Fig. 01), we drove beyond the visitor center to the old "Petroglyph Cabin" (Fig. 02).
Side Note on the "Petroglyph Cabin": There is nothing known about this unique building, built on the edge of a sparsely populated desert valley, a distance from either of the east or west roads that ran the length of the valley. The beveled doorway opening and decorative course of rock crowning the building are the possible signs of a commercial building. The window frames were shaped with hand tools and joined with unique triangular notching. Its large fireplace and imposing chimney were used for cooking and for heat. Inside there is a loft that could have been used to store supplies and hold things from the wooden planks that support it. It was probably built in the 1870s., but all of these things is really unknown. It was restored in 2009 to its original appearance. 
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We then hiked the area of the Black Canyon. My last visit here was in 2015. When I hiked the Black Canyon, I was informed that it was off limits to the general public for now, but that there were plans to construct a parking area, trails, rest areas, interpretive signs, and barriers designed to protect cultural and archeological resources. Today I was amazed at the result. There are trails around the area that lead to vantage points where you can view some of the better known petroglyphs (Fig. 03). They have also planted many trees and shrubs, altered and cleaned up the waterways and directed the flow of water through the canyon (Fig. 04). Because I have many pictures from previous visits, I didn't take any pictures of petroglyphs. Refer to the following pages ... Black Canyon Petroglyphs - Summary Page. We then started driving out on Old Buckhorne Road that is adjacent to the Black Canyon parking area. The view in (Fig. 01) is about a couple of miles out. We were amazed about the quality of this dirt road. Unfortunately, we didn't notice any petroglyphs on any of the boulders surrounding the sides of the road. About 6-7 miles out we came to a road that led us to the Alamo Canyon Road. We turned west and headed back to route 93. Refer to the map in (Fig. 05). Again, the quality of this road as it snaked its way through the Hiko Range was surprising. We were surrounded on all sides by views of the cliffs and mountains. Other than a pleasant ride through the mountains we didn't find anything. This is the only sign of life we saw all day (Fig. 06).

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Daytrip - Ireteba Peaks Wilderness Area

On 04/16/2019 five of us, Jim Herring, Bob Croke, Ron Ziance, Howard Saxon and myself drove our eeps to the Rockefeller Mine in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area east of searchlight. Even though today's weather predicted rain, it turned out pretty good. We spent about 4 hours driving along Rockefeller Road on our way to the Rockefeller Mine, making stops along the way for some scenic picture taking and exploration of some old abandoned mines. Click here for pictures and a description of this outing ... Ireteba Peaks Wilderness Area - 04/16/2019 Trip Notes.

Sunday

Daytrip - Magical Nipton California

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On 11 April 2019 we visited the rebranded town of Nipton California. Since American Green made an offer to buy this tiny town in hopes of creating the country’s first cannabis-friendly, energy-independent hospitality destination. It plans to spend $2.5 million over the next 18 months transforming Nipton into a town that includes hundreds of hotel rooms, mineral baths, a craft brewery, farm-to-table dining experiences, a cannabis farm, artist-in-residence programs, and plenty of marijuana-related businesses, such as cultivators and glassblowers. Click here for pictures and a description of the changes being made to this town ... Magical Nipton - 04/12/2019 Trip Notes.

Daytrip - Kingman Wash Road and Mine

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On 03/23/2019 Jim Herring and I decided to go looking for some wildflowers. A site I looked at said that there were some wildflowers off Kingman Wash Road in Arizona. There is also a unknown mine in the area, so we headed there. Even though the drive to the mine was a fairly rough trip, we enjoyed exploring around the mine sites. Click here for pictures and a description of the trip ... Kingman Wash Road & Mine.